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MADE IN R.I.: Cynthia Treen, left, and Clare King, co-owners of isewMasks, use locally sourced materials from Rhode Island-based companies in their do-it-yourself mask-making kits. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

These DIY face mask kits have dual purpose

isewMasks do-it-yourself mask-making kit products are locally manufactured, affordable and designed to teach new skills while filling a need during the coronavirus ­pandemic. Founders Propel...
POWERFUL PRODUCT: Allyson Cote, CEO and president of Ocean State Shields, and Todd Thomas, chief innovation officer, with their product, sd90, a coating that stops micro-organism growth for up to a year on surfaces. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup aiming to ensure microbes stay away

Without making claims specific to the new coronavirus, Ocean State Shields LP says its product – a nontoxic spray-on liquid that disinfects surfaces, including...
TACTILE TRAINER: Kevin Davis spent 15 years working as a personal trainer in various gyms before setting out on his own and launching Anchor Fitness LLC in Middletown in September. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Bad injury sparks a passion for trainer

A broken back ended Kevin Davis’ skateboarding career. But the injury also forced the Portsmouth native into a gym, igniting a new passion and the...
ONE-MAN GAME: David Rothenberg, owner of A Plus Handyman Services LLC, power-washes a house. The one-man operation offers a range of services, including painting, siding, excavating and sheet-rock installations. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A fast restart for handyman service

David Rothenberg put his 3-month-old business on hold in March when COVID-19 appeared in Rhode Island. Gradually, he began feeling more confident about accepting...
NO STING: Beeline Loans Inc. co-owners Nicholas Liuzza, CEO, and Jessica Kennedy, general counselor, aim to simplify the home mortgage process by allowing people to complete it online. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Beeline Loans trying to make mortgages process simpler

Getting a home mortgage shouldn’t be painful. That’s the premise of a new mortgage company, Beeline Loans Inc., which recently opened in Providence. Launched in February...
CAREER COACH: Charise Wilson, owner of employment-services company Workforce Ready Solutions, helps clients identify their unique skills and talents through self-created aptitude tests and career coaching. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Job-hunting service suddenly in demand

When Charise Wilson launched her employment-services company last May, the state hit record-low ­unemployment. Most of Workforce Ready Solutions LLC’s initial clients were not laid...
BY THE NUMBERS: Heart-rate monitors and a 3D body scan help trainer Nate Andrews, left, and Dr. Ram Yogendra, founder of ECA Wellness in Pawtucket, assess clients’ fitness needs. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

In fitness journey, ECA Wellness makes use of science

ECA Wellness LLC reflects founder Dr. Ram Yogendra’s scientific approach to fitness. Heart-rate monitors, a 3D body scan and other devices help Yogendra and trainer...
ONLINE OFFERINGS: TigerEye Gift Shop owner Ron Amore Jr. has closed his Warwick shop but is selling holiday gift baskets through his website and pickup system. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New gift shop stocked up with optimism

Ron Amore Jr. took a chance on opening his own gift store, something he’d always wanted, and launched TigerEye Gift Shop LLC in early...
PLASTIC-FREE: Ana Duque is the owner of Green Tenderfoot, a cleaning and beauty product refill station that promotes a low-waste lifestyle. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Green Tenderfoot is focus on letting very little go to waste

Ana Duque’s self-described “zero-waste journey” began when she was working for City Year in Los Angeles. In L.A., Duque found it fairly easy to cut...
COACHING COMPANION: Megan Gallagher is the founder and owner of Here to There Wellness, an online coaching program that launched earlier this year. The program is a companion to her Here to There Counseling business in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

A therapeutic boost in your email inbox

As a licensed mental health counselor, Megan Gallagher finds herself revisiting certain topics often with clients. Realizing that some issues seem to be universal, Gallagher...

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